Textiles connect a variety of practices and traditions, ranging from the refined couture garments of Parisian fashion to the high-tech filaments strong enough to hoist a satellite into space. High-performance fabrics are being reconceived as immersive webs, structural networks and information exchanges, and their ability to interface with technology is changing how the human body is experienced and how the urban environment is built. Today, textiles reveal their capacity to transform our world more than any other material. Textile Futures highlights recent works from key practitioners and examines the changing role of textiles. Recent developments present new technical possibilities that are beginning to redefine textiles as a uniquely multidisciplinary field of innovation and research. This book is an important tool for any textile practitioner, fashion designer, architect, interior designer or student designer interested in following new developments in the field of textiles, seeking new sustainable sources, or just eager to discover new works that reveal the potency of textiles as an ultramaterial.
Bradley Quinn is an author, journalist and independent scholar with expertise in fashion, textiles and design. His books include Techno Fashion, The Fashion of Architecture, Chinese Style, Scandinavian Style and Mid-century Modern. As his survey of fashion and textile technology charts recent developments, Quinn explores the furthermost boundaries of what the new generation of textiles can achieve.
General Introduction PART ONE: 'BODY' Introduction to Part One Chapter 1. Body Technology Chapter 2. Synthesised Skins Chapter 3. Structured Surfaces Chapter 4. Vital Signs Chapter 5. Transformations PART TWO: 'SPACE' Introduction to Part Two Chapter 6. Interior Tectonics Chapter 7. Fluid Architecture Chapter 8. Textile Techniques Chapter 9. Surface and Structure Chapter 10. Ocean to Orbit Chapter 11. Geotextiles PART THREE: 'SUBSTANCE' Introduction to Part Three Chapter 12. Energy Chapter 13. Vacuums and Volumetrics Chapter 14. Liquid Textiles Chapter 15. Micro-machines Chapter 16. Hybrid Organisms Conclusion Directory of Practitioners Sourcebook